Making It Work: Celebrity Marriage Wisdom From Donny Osmond
by Harry Phillips, Chris Connelly, Keturah Gray, and Edward Lovett
February 3, 2012
It may not be a reliable road to wedded bliss. But against the odds, Hollywood Boulevard is paved with more than a few stars who found enduring love.
But celebrities are surrounded by opportunities to stray. Even Donny Osmond.
"I work in Las Vegas," said Osmond, in an interview with ABC News' Deborah Roberts. "The temptations there are great."
Donny Osmond was a teen idol when he met and married Debbie, a former high-school cheerleader in Provo, Utah. They're going strong after 34 years.
One of their secrets is living far from those temptations. They've managed to raise five sons in small-town Utah with almost zero exposure to Hollywood's glare.
"Our relationship and our home life is not an open book," Donny Osmond said. "My career is. But what happens in our home and how we raise our children, and how we treat each other, is pretty sacred. It belongs to us and that's all."
Another secret is to fight temptation with focus.
"You have a menu," Donny Osmond said. "There's a lot of things on the menu. She's the only one on the menu for me. And you stay focused on that."
"That is nice," Debbie Osmond said. "I think that's part of the reason why our marriage is really strong – because I really trust him. It is difficult. I mean, we've spent a lot of time apart and – I don't know – maybe that's been a good thing! ... I'm like, 'Well, it's Tuesday -- aren't you going to Vegas yet?" she added, laughing.
And it helps that Debbie Osmond has never worked in show business. Relationships involving the leading ladies of Hollywood are notoriously prone to break-ups, according to Bradley Jacobs, senior editor of US Weekly.
"You just need to look at the last ten people who have won ... the Best Actress Oscar," Jacobs said. "Their relationships tend to dissolve in the year or two after they win the award. It's called the Best Actress Curse."
Jacobs cited Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Hilary Swank, Halle Berry and Charlize Theron.